Social Justice Statement Urges Action in Response to the Cry of Earth and the Cry of the Poor
Australian bishops commit to a seven-year journey towards seven Laudato Si’ Goals.
'We will enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species. We will honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible.We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources...' (Chapter Statement)
In the Social Justice Statement 2021-22, launched online on 5 August, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, the bishops commit to a seven-year journey towards seven Laudato Si’ Goals.
'We are facing an ecological crisis and Pope Francis wants the whole Church globally to act with a greater sense of urgency,' said Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service. 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been caring for country from time immemorial. The rest of us need to listen, and to learn how we can walk together to care for the whole of creation – including one another.'